A partner at Goranson Bain, Tom is known for his approachable manner. His reputation for honesty and integrity serves clients well in skillfully negotiating with opposing counsel to resolve cases. He manages complex divorces with expertise, and has successfully litigated child custody and complex property issues in jury and non-jury cases. He also practices collaborative law and conducts mediation.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Tom has more than 20 years of family law experience. He has been selected for inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers in Dallas” 2002 – 2003, 2007 – 2009, 2011 – 2012 and 2018 by D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in America” 2005-2018 by Woodward and White Press, “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers” in 2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, and 2017- 2018 by Thomson Reuters, “Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super Lawyers, in 2005, 2008 – 2018 by Thomson Reuters, and included in the “Texas Super Lawyers” list in 2003-2017 by Thomson Reuters. Tom also holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell which is the organization’s highest rating. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Tom has served  on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Family Law Advisory Commission and has served on the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Board of Directors, the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, and the State Bar of Texas District 6A Grievance Committee. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Collin County Bar Bench Foundation. He has also authored and presented numerous articles on family issues, including legislative updates, discovery rule changes, and a commentary on custody and property issues. He received his B.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. from Texas Tech University Law School.

Areas of Practice

Published Works

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, 1992
    • J.D., Law
  • University of Wisconsin, 1987
    • B.B.A., Finance

Presentations

  • Recusal & Disqualification of Texas Judges, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • What to Expect from Your Family Law Lawyer, Single Side Up! Single Parent Group, 2016
  • Drug and Alcohol Issues: Handling Addicted Clients, Admissibility of Test Results, and Protection and Use of Records in Court, 40th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas 2014
  • A Life of Significance, National Honor Society – Keynote Speaker, Lovejoy High School 2014
  • How to Avoid Grievances, Malpractice Claims, and Breach of Fiduciary Claims, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Drug Testing – Use and Defense, 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Article, Divorce and the Stay-At-Home Mom, published by Huffington Post.
  • Article, Finding a Family Law Attorney, published by Huffington Post.
  • TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2011
  • Collaborative Law and Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, 2010
  • The Future of Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Tom Greenwald was recently quoted in an Associated Press Article, Divorce dilemma: Texas Says Gays Can’t Get Divorced.
  • Models of Effective Presentations and Visual Persuasion: The Effective Use of Trial Aids, Demonstrative Aids, and Summaries, Collin County Bench/Bar Conference, Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Models of Effective Presentations, Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas School of Law, 2009
  • Evidentiary and Discovery Issues in Family Law Cases, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Building a Bridge in 20 Minutes or Less – Tips for an Effective 20 Minute Temporary Hearing, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, 2008
  • Depositions: The Devil is in the Details, New Jersey Lawyer, 2005
  • Depositions, 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • Economic Contribution, Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, 2004
  • Default Divorce, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
  • Uncontested Divorce, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
  • Preparing Clients for Depositions, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2003
  • Decrees and Orders, 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Expert Deposition and Trial Preparation – Custody Issues in Texas, Lorman Education Services, 2003
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2001
  • Discovery Problems, 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1999
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Revised Texas Civil Discovery Rules, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon LLC, 1999
  • A Guide to the New Texas Rules of Civil Discovery, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1999
  • Preparing for the Family Law Specialization Exam, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Rebutting the JMC Presumption – What the Judge Must Hear, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Family Law Case Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1998
  • Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Peoples’ Law School, Peoples’ Law School Committee, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Family Law Legislative Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Family Law and Proposed Legislation, Plano Independent Child Care Association, 1997
  • Offensive Use of Collateral Witnesses in a Relocation Case, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1997
  • Basic Pleadings in Family Law Cases, Pro Bono Family Law Training, Dallas Bar Association, 1996
  • Transfer Documents – From Aircraft to Zebras, Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants and Other Legal Professionals, State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Courthouse Decorum, Courthouse Policy and Attorney Ethics, Family Law Section Bench-Bar Conference, Dallas Bar Association, 1996
  • The Cutting Edge of Reimbursement, 18th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Family Law Case Update, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press, 2018
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2002 – 2003, 2007-2009, and 2011 – 2012, 2018
  • Selected to the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2009
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2018
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2008 – 2018
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2005 – 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in the list of “Ten Leaders in Divorce Law Age 45 & Under – Dallas Forth Worth”, The Ten Leaders Cooperative, 2002 – 2012
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Leadership, Dallas Bar Association, 2005
  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1992
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Litigation Section
    • Member
  • Christian Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • Member, 2012
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Committee for a Qualified Judiciary
    • Member
  • Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court
    • Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, ADR and Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Featured on ChristianLawyers.com
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Family Law Advisory Commission
    • Member
  • Texas Collaborative Lawyers
    • Member
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Member

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